TNP Strategic Retail Trust's Board of Directors Authorizes the Acquisition of Pinehurst Square East in North Dakota

May 11, 2011, 10:00 ET from TNP Strategic Retail Trust, Inc.

IRVINE, Calif., May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TNP Strategic Retail Trust, Inc. (the "Company"), a publicly registered non-traded REIT that invests in grocery and drug-store anchored, multitenant necessity retail properties, announced today that its board of directors authorized the Company to pursue the acquisition of Pinehurst Square East in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Pinehurst Square East is a 114,292 square foot multitenant retail center built in 2005 and located in Bismarck, the state capital of North Dakota, and the second largest city in the state after Fargo. As a hub of manufacturing, retail trade, government services, and health care, Bismarck is the economic center of North Dakota. The center is located at the northeast quadrant of Interstate 94 and Tyler Parkway, which benefits from a full interchange with I-94.

The property is more than 90 percent leased. Major tenants include T.J. Maxx®, Old Navy® and Shoe Carnival. Tenants have staggered lease expirations that range from 2011 to 2017.

"Pinehurst Square East was acquired based on the region's vibrant growing economy. North Dakota has among the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. The growth in natural resource exploration continues to drive overall growth in the region," said Thompson National Properties' senior vice president, acquisitions, Steve Corea. "In addition, SRT is acquiring the property at a significant discount from replacement cost. The property has experienced strong occupancy of over 90% for the past 3 years."

The acquisition is subject to various conditions to closing.

About TNP Strategic Retail Trust, Inc.

TNP Strategic Retail Trust, Inc. is a publicly registered non-traded REIT that invests in grocery and drug-store anchored, multitenant necessity retail properties, located primarily in the Western United States, and real estate related assets, including investment in or origination of mortgage, mezzanine, bridge and other loans related to commercial real estate. As of May 5, 2011, TNP Strategic Retail Trust has issued 2,999,000 shares of common stock. The Company currently pays a monthly distribution that equates to an annual 7 percent distribution. For more information regarding TNP Strategic Retail Trust, please visit

About Thompson National Properties, LLC

Thompson National Properties, LLC (TNP) is an international real estate advisory company, specializing in the creation and management of real estate investment funds. TNP uses a variety of investment structures to fit the needs of its investors, which are designed for both institutional and high net worth individual investors. Thompson National Properties is also a leader in both property and asset management and receivership services, a key element in any successful commercial real estate investment in today's lender-driven marketplace.

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Thompson National Properties was founded in April 2008 and has seven regional offices. As of May 10, 2011, Thompson National Properties manages a portfolio of 150 commercial properties, in 30 states, totaling more than 19.8 million square feet, on behalf of over 4,000 investor/owners with an overall purchase value of $2.5 billion. TNP has expanded its operations to the Middle East to provide valuation and advisory services on over 2.3 million square feet of real estate in Saudi Arabia. For more information regarding Thompson National Properties, please visit

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